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This academic facility earned silver-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in 2013. The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) conducted a study of the JMU Bioscience Building Landscape as part of their Case Study Investigation (CSI) Program. Outdoor education spaces include a pollinator bed used by courses for preservice teachers.

The Bioscience Building is location 13 on the tour map

Photo of the Bioscience Building landscape before and after by Rhodeside & Harwell (landscape architects, planners, and urban designers).
Biosciences Landscaping Before

Biosciences Landscaping After


The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) conducted a study of the JMU Bioscience Building Landscape as part of their Case Study Investigation (CSI) Program. The Case Study Investigation (CSI) program is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded student-faculty research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. Teams develop methods to quantify environmental, economic and social benefits and produce Case Study Briefs for LAF’s Landscape Performance Series. "The new Bioscience Building landscape serves as a laboratory for learning within the growing east campus of James Madison University. The designers collaborated with faculty to create a landscape that operates as a teaching tool for environmental science students. Educational gardens feature unique and thought provoking displays of native plants grouped by family. Outdoor classrooms are surrounded by gardens with a variety of native trees and perennials. A green roof, rills, swales, and rain gardens expose the conveyance and treatment of stormwater flowing through the site. These features overlap with circulation paths and gathering spaces to encourage student interaction with the landscape systems."


The JMU Bioscience Building Landscape Case Study, Research Fellow, Leena Cho, Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, and Margaret Graham, MLA Candidate, University of Virginia in cooperation with firm liaison Kurt Parker, Rhodeside & Harwell, August 2014

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